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After 28 years with the Boy Scouts of America, I will officially retire on January 31st of this year. I have had the pleasure to serve in Dayton, Springfield, Canton, Ashland and here in Zanesville. I have enjoyed every minute. Scouting has given me many incredible opportunities and Scouting values have shaped my life. I thank my Scout leaders when I was a youth and I thank the hundreds and thousands of Scouting leaders I have had the pleasure to work with throughout my career.
The Council Executive Board has assigned a Scout Executive selection committee of 12 individuals including board members and Scout leaders. This committee has met and developed a profile for the position. The National office has circulated that profile and is accepting resumes from interested Scouting professionals. Later in January the committee will review the applicants resumes and select several candidates to interview. Interviews will be conducted in February with an expected start date for the new Scout Executive of March 15th.
The Muskingum Valley Council continues to do an exceptional job shaping the lives of youth, and I will always be proud to have played some small role in the Council’s continued success. In the end, the success of the council has always been dependent upon the quality and commitment of the many volunteers who give their time, talent, and treasure. Scouting volunteers have had an incredible positive impact on my life, and each of you is having an incredible positive impact on the youth you are serving today. Thank you!
A big shout out to Charlotte Ashcraft for putting together a very detailed slide deck with step by step instructions for rechartering your unit. This info along with your unit # and Access # will make rechartering a breeze.
We are just days away from welcoming our first week of campers. Staff has been at camp training, and preparing for almost two weeks. As your Troop prepares to come to MVSR please remember – we need your help to ensure the safety of all our campers. Please reveiw all of the following prior to arrival at camp:
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Muskingum Valley Council is putting safety first in all decision-making regarding programming at the Council, District and Unit level. Now that many of the Covid -19 related restrictions are lifting, units are now able to begin meeting again in-person provided they have the approval of their Charter Organization and follow the following guidelines:
Units are permitted to hold in-person meetings with 10 or fewer members in a group setting.
Multiple groups of 10 may meet at the same time in the same location, but each group of 10 should remain independent of one another and the groups should not intermingle adults or youth members within those groups.
Units must receive approval from their chartering organization to begin meeting.
Proper Social Distancing should be practiced by all those in attendance at meetings. At least a 6-foot distance between all individuals who are not immediate family members.
Leaders and Scouts should wear face coverings any time they are unable to maintain social distancing.
Proper sanitizing measures (hand sanitizer, surface cleaner, soap and water) and handwashing should be available and encouraged.
Prior to attending any in-person meetings, parents should self-screen themselves and their Scouts:
Temperatures should be taken. If a temperature screening is 100 degrees or more, you should not attend any Scouting function.
If you, or anyone in your family has been exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 within two weeks of your meeting, you should not attend any Scouting functions.
And remember – all Youth Protection policies and two-deep leadership policies should be followed to ensure the continued safety of our youth members.
If you have any questions contact the Scouting Resource Center at:
Other camps may be a Myth, but MVSR this summer will be Legendary!
Today we got the news from the Governor’s office that resident camps may open anytime. We have already shared our health and safety plans with the Coshocton County Health Department and they thought they were great. We will continue to tweak these as we learn more.
Thank you all for sticking with us during this time of uncertainty. Patience and perserverence won the day. Now it’s time to get your scouts packing for camp!
We have confirmed the following updated membership fees for 2020:
(Reminder: In addition to these national fees, rechartering youth and adults also pay a $3.00 Council Service Fee. This fee helps provide accident and sickness insurance for members during Scouting activities. Total due at recharter will be $69 per youth and $45 per adult.)